prominent, led 4th until 7th, chased leader, led again 4 out, clear 3 out, mistake 2 out, ridden before went right last, held on under pressure
not jump well, soon tailed off, pulled up after 10th
held up in last pair, behind and struggling 8th, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out
chased leaders, pushed along after 10th, weakened 12th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out
held up in last pair, headway chasing leaders approaching 11th, outpaced before 2 out, went modest 3rd towards finish
led until 4th, led again 7th until 4 out, chased winner, ridden and no impression after 3 out, lost 2nd between last two, weakened run-in
held up in touch, headway chasing leaders approaching 11th, ridden and went 2nd between last two, stayed on run-in, not reach winner
chased leaders, pushed along after 10th, weakened soon after, tailed off and pulled up after 3 out
High Aspirations was in good form in the spring and is adaptable as to distance, though usually needs a run. Foundation Man and King's Song are out of sorts while The Snappy Poet was well beaten on his chasing bow. Arctic Ben isn't getting any younger but BRICE CANYON is only five and the winning pointer, a useful hurdler in France a couple of years ago, only found one too good on his debut over fences under Rules at Fontwell – he looks well treated on his first run in a handicap. Charlie Mon was second in a small race over 2m at Worcester last month but that form should be taken with a pinch of salt as he had shown nothing previously.
Foundation Man (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Held up, mistake 3rd, last next, well beaten from 9th, 5th of 8, 25 1/4l behind Definite Future (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
The Snappy Poet 9-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway when not fluent and rider lost iron briefly 4th, not fluent 9th, soon lost place, badly hampered when no impression 3 out, 5th of 9, 30l behind Fact Of The Matter (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
High Aspirations (IRE) 11-10fav (11-11) Held up, headway into 4th at 12th, closed 4 out, travelling well before next, shaken up and went 2nd between last two, led last, ridden out, won at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp (4) gs in Apr beating Railway Storm (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Charlie Mon (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Led, ridden when mistake 4 out, not fluent 3 out, headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Jarlath (11-8) at Worcester 2m hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Brice Canyon (FR) 11-8 (12-0) Held up, outpaced 11th, rallied 4 out, went 3rd 2 out, modest 2nd at the last, never any chance with easy winner, 2nd of 7, 19l behind See U Again Son (12-0) at Fontwell 2m 5f mdn (6) gs in May.
Arctic Ben (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Led 2nd, jumped left and slow 3rd, led 7th, headed 11th, weakened from 14th, pulled up before 3 out, at Uttoxeter 3m hcp (4) gd in Jun.
King's Song (FR) 5-1jfav (10-13) Chased leaders, every chance 3 out, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Court King (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Badgers Retreat 8-1 (11-3) In touch, pushed along and weakened before 6 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, 26 1/4l behind Highbury High (11-11) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Sep.